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5 of the best steamer trunks for superyachts

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Tough on the outside: Ghurka

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Boxy steamer trunks have upsides the interior design world is just waking up to. They can keep most unruly stuff unharmed and unwrinkled over many a nautical mile, plus, they do double duty as benches, desks, wardrobes and more. Here is Louis Postel's pick of the best.

*Tough on the outside: Ghurka *

One day in the early 1970s, Marley Hodgson came across a collection of boots, belts and backpacks belonging to a British Ghurka commander at an estate sale. Despite the Ghurka soldiers’ reputation for toughness, this centuries-old leather gear felt surprisingly soft, even after all that time. Shortly thereafter, Hodgson designed the first of his famous Ghurka collections in Connecticut. This trunk/desk, made in collaboration with noted Italian luggage maker Bertoni, comes in French bull leather with studded trim, cotton twill lining, hand-painted stripes and brass palladium hardware finishes.

$19,500, ghurka.com

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Louis Vuitton’s esteemed steamer

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When 16-year-old Louis Vuitton arrived in Paris, he arrived on foot, a poor apprentice. At that time, the more privileged got around in horse-drawn carriages, boats and trains, but this didn’t stop their luggage from getting battered mercilessly. Such abuse drove many a customer to Vuitton’s master, Monsieur Maréchal, for help packing, crating and protecting their belongings. Seventeen years later, Vuitton opened his workshop near Place Vendôme. This steamer trunk from the 1930s features the iconic LV stencilled monogram on canvas, leather-top handles, brass locks and an interior with folding hangers, a shoe section and two removable suitcases.

£14,264, 1stdibs.com

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Iron supplement: Kathy Kuo Home

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Keen on the metal muscularity exposed in converted lofts? Consider adding a classic Victorian trunk in industrial-chic grey iron to your luggage collection. Studded leather corners and wood rims define the nail-trimmed body of the four-drawer “Coberg” model from Kathy Kuo Home.

$3,348, kathykuohome.com

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